Spotting officers on horseback riding down King Street in Kitchener or mingling with crowds at summer festivals will soon be a thing of the past.
The Waterloo Regional Police Service says its mounted patrol unit will be disbanded as of April 1st.
The decision was made for budgetary reasons, according to a news release from the police department, but the force didn't reveal how much the mounted unit costs.
The release did indicate that the savings were mostly long-term, and included line items like maintenance and training costs.
Waterloo Regional Police Chief Matt Torigian says it was a difficult, but necessary decision.
According to the news release, the police services board and the police force will make a joint decision on the retirement of the horses.